Getting hungry just thinking about it.
When I was much younger, I would eat nothing but peanut butter jelly sandwiches, cereal, pizza pockets, and spaghetti. That’s basically it. Today, I’m eating a whole wide variety of things to eat!
Food may play a huge roll in the autism spectrum; remember the part about having a routine and that change is very difficult to those who have autism? Well, that’s no different when it comes to food. You get so used to eating the same thing that it’s hard to expand the taste buds and try new food items.
How did I go from a picky eater to eating just about anything the world feeds me? My parents encouraged me to try new things; if I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t have it for a while, but then as I grew older, I started to like the food item I tried. It may sound like the fact that we’re all the same when it comes to food, but autism takes a much longer time to be flexible with different tastes. Never give up when it comes to trying new things and encouraging others to try different tastes.
This may be hard to believe, but I used to absolutely hate burgers! Now I’m loving burgers so much, that’s one of my motivations when doing a public speaking engagement; get a nice juicy cheeseburger after doing a great job! See, encouragement and maturity play a big role in food; in fact, food plays a big part in being social! A lot of people like to talk to one another when they eat, and having a large variety of tastes in the library of the tongue already makes you social! It’s all about feeling comfortable about talking about what interests you while feeling comfortable to whatever it is you are eating. That’s the way I see it anyway.